Welcome to my gallery of quilts.  I live in Brighton, Michigan.  I have been quilting for 40 years, evolving from traditional patterns and hand quilting to more modern/art styles with mostly machine quilting.

I hope you enjoy these!   Comments/questions about purchases and commissions are welcome.  Katie

kthorne@umich.edu

 

This is a large quilt, about 56 X 56.  It hangs on my sewing room wall.  2004

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Going Dotty

 

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Last quilt of 2019.

Now for something completely different!  At least I think it is for me.  I wanted to do a medallion-style quilt, but not have the focal point in the exact center.  I started with the blue/orange stripe, with pink and orange slanted sections for each quarter.  After I sewed them into a square, I started adding some borders, using some black and white fabrics.  Then I decided that the “center” focal point needed some black to relate to the borders, so I fused on the curved black whirligig pieces.  Then I pulled out some of my “paint can lids” fabric to try (love it!), and added other polka dot and circle themed fabrics, as well as more black and white.  Finally, a strip of orange rick-rack!  I have quite a good collection of circle-themed fabric–  time to play with them some more!

Details:

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School’s Out

This one features a fabric with lots of different fish.  I arranged the individual critters with some other fabrics.  Looking at the whole collage on my design wall, I decided it could use some seaweed on the right.  Glad I added it.  The piece is quilted with a horizontal meandering line (like waves!).

 

School's Out

Detail:

School detail

Nearing the end of the decade

It’s December 30, one more day until we turn into 2020.  So why not look back at a few “oldies” that may not have shown up here before.

This one, “Nature’s First Green” (title of a Robert Frost poem) is from 2002.  A challenge quilt to “use your favorite color” so it features chartreuse.  Don’t we all love a little chartreuse to jazz things up?  The squares are fused on.

Nature's First Green

Detail:

Nature's detail

This one, called jazzy blues, is a fuzzy picture but you get the idea.  A small piece.

Jazzy blues

“Big Leaf”  This one was done as part of a workshop with Pat Pauly.  About 40 X 40″.

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And this one features feedsack fabric, a table runner.  Quite a contrast with the style of Big Leaf above!

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That’s all for today.

 

Directional

I started this one in early Autumn.  Can you tell by the colors?  I love doing free-cut triangles.  I just pulled out many fall leaf-colored prints from my (vast) collection of fabric, and let ‘er rip!

Directional

Details:

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Conundrum

I started out making free-cut blocks in black with white/black patterned fabric.  Two of these fabrics are Australian, I love those fabrics.  After doing about 20 and looking at them on the design wall, I decided the whole thing was going to need a bit of color.  So I  added the little strips of color to each of the blocks and then finished the arrangement.  Better!  No matter which way I turned this piece, I liked the overall arrangement, but I ended up with this one.

Conundrum

Detail

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Iris Swirl

I usually make free-cut circles that come out looking a lot like real circles, that is they are fairly regular and feature evenly spaced bands of fabric.  This time I decided to see what I would get if I made my cuts more linear.  A little more challenging to sew.  I used my hand-dyed and stenciled fabrics.  I like the drama of this one.

Iris Swirl

Detail:

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Another detail:

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